Ten rare Gamecube games that you may just have in your collection are set out below. These have been researched from store pricings and second hand/auction sold listings (that have been bidded upon, not buy it now). We are also judging prices on sealed and near mint condition versions and are not including prototype or box sets.
The first game on the list is not so much a game as a utility. Pokemon Box is a sorting system for players Pokemon, meaning you had to be a pretty hardcore trainer to own it. You could store Pokemon from Gameboy Advance games in the memory card slots, meaning you also had to have a Gameboy Advance, a Gamecube and love Pokemon to warrant owning this. This is the first thing that makes it rare.
The second was it’s availability. In Europe, you had to save Nintendo loyalty points or buy the huge Pokemon Colosseum Mega Pak. In the US it was only available through the New York Pokemon Centre or the online store. Surely you would just buy a new game with that? Even if you didn’t you are going to use it when you get it yea?
Thus Pokemon Box is one of the rare Gamecube games (utilities?) to get your hands on. Around $600, even more if it is sealed.
NCAA 2K3 College Basketball
I beg your pardon for this section. I am British, so I have trouble understanding the appeal of college sports, basketball itself and the combination of them in a game this expensive. Luckily, it is easy to see why this is one of the rare Gamecube games.
Firstly, it was the only title in the ‘College Basketball’ series released on the Gamecube and was the only college basketball game on the system. Not only that, it was released in very limited quantities making it a grail for someone completing a Gamecube collection.
Add to that an accurate roster with over 300 college schools and you can imagine a lot of people feature on this game. People who probably will never be in a video game again. Are you one of those people? Because one of them people recently payed $700 for a sealed one on ebay.
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
A follow up to Pokemon Colosseum, Gale of Darkness was quite similar to its predecessor. Graphics and the game engine were recycled and many of the areas were exactly the same. Pokespot areas were also relatively small compared to other games, meaning it was actually harder to catch Pokemon, the essential driving force of the game.
Reviews were mixed for these reasons but despite this it was a commercial success which means that the only thing hiking up value must be the popularity of Pokemon. Our second franchise entry on the list and we can only imagine as popularity increases value will continues to soar. Unopened you could get one for about $100 dollars but sealed around the $400 price mark.
This Capcom cult classic definitely has a Pokemon type narrative. Your aim is to collect Gacha (Japanese toys bought in capsule vending machines) then use them to fight. Up to four players can battle at any one time.
Upon release it was not well advertised and received fairly mediocre reviews. Since then, it has garnered a cult following which has helped to push prices up. It may have also helped that many at Capcom have stated it would be in their top Capcom games.
A copy of Gotcha Force, despite the mixed bag of reviews, could set you back around $320 sealed. $200 if not.
Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest
Labelled by IGN as “one of the most bizarre video games ever created” Cubivore is indeed a strange concept. You are the Cubivore, a cube shaped plant come dinosaur. You must restore the wilderness by becoming big and strong so you can challenge Killer Cubivore. We could do a whole article on how odd this game gets but that is a conversation for another time.
Originally slated for a Japan only release, it was picked up by Atlas games who distributed it in North America. Again it gained mixed reviews but its sheer unique game play has made it very collectable. Expect to pay around $250 for a copy in opened decent condition.
Skies of Arcadia Legends
This title originally started life on the Sega Dreamcast. Despite being one of it’s most highly rated games, sales were not good. When Sega withdrew from the console market the game was ported to the Gamecube as Skies of Arcadia Legends.
An RPG in the vein of Final Fantasy, the game employs turn based combat in a fictional realm known as Arcadia. You must map the world in flying airships that dock and transfer the action to foot.
The Gamecube release was criticized for it’s graphics and having not moved much further since it’s Saturn release two years prior. At this time, it was also competeing with more powerful, graphically superior PS2 games and as such did not sell well.
Expect to pay around $180 for this rare Gamecube game in a near mint condition.
Chibi-Robo: Plug Into Adventure
This is a really cute game that much like Cubivore, is pretty out there. You are a small household robot who must work his way around a 1950’s style American home. On your way you must complete tasks and housework for your host family, while remembering to recharge at various points in the game.
Developed by Skip Ltd, it was originally intended as a point and click adventure with a similar premise to the Home Alone movie. It was shelved until Nintendo took an interest in the idea and changed it to a platform adventure.
Despite some good reviews and managing to spawn a series of sequels, Chibi-Robo was not a commercial success. With so little copies sold, you can now expect to pay around $150.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
A Legend of Zelda where you can play as four different Link characters in co op mode. That has to be worth every penny right? Many people seem to think so making this one of the rare Gamecube games.
The game has a chequered release history, first being billed as two separate games then being announced as one combined disc that would include yet another game. The decision was then made to release this set as two discs in the US with one game later being cancelled.
The game was compatible with the Gameboy Advance and using the included cable you could use the system as a controller. You could even play the game on the Wii. Expect to pay around $150 for a good copy.
Fire Emblem – Path of Radiance
The third in the Fire Emblem series released in the west yet the ninth in the series worldwide. Fire Emblem is a tactical RPG with fantasy elements.
After the success of the game on the Game Boy Advance, it was decided that a version for home console could do well. And it did, reaching the top of the Gamecube charts and selling out of most of its initial shipment.
Why is it one of the rare Gamecube games? Well, it is a great game in a long, cult franchise that has history. On top of this, it was released late in the Gamecube’s life when many people had moved on to other things. A good opened condition copy could cost around $180.
The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
Wind Waker was the tenth installment in the Zelda series and one of the most pre ordered games in Nintendo history. It carried on the Legend of Zelda that people knew and loved, only this time moved the action to an archipelago of islands in a vast sea.
The game was critically acclaimed, winning multiple awards from both media and industry with strong reviews. Yet it’s sales were extremely low. It sold far less than Ocarina of Time and in Japan got a lukewarm reception. One critiscism was that the cell shaded graphics put many gamer’s off, who believed Nintendo becoming too child friendly in their aims.
Over time the game has gained a reputation as one of the greatest games ever. Couple that with the ever increasing popularity of Zelda. While the game is still relatively cheap and not massively rare, a sealed red strip copy recently sold for $500. On top of this, it was combined with Metroid Prime in a double pack for one festive season and this combo can fetch $600. Keep an eye on the rising value.